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About Stephen Dean

In his sculptures, videos, and works on paper, Stephen Dean approaches color theory from a scientist’s perspective. Using the tools of the laboratory—including colorful NASA-designed dichroic glass, weather maps, and thermal-imaging cameras—Dean creates works that celebrate the relationship between saturated color, transparency, and light. “The way I make these pieces, it’s like a form of painting,” Dean has said of sculptures like Prayer Mill (2007), which features colorful panels of high-tech dichroic glass arranged on a postcard stand. “It’s not in the idea of turning painting into a three-dimensional space, but about the looking.” In such pieces, ambient natural light plays as important of a role as his physical materials, changing the colors of the sculpture throughout the day.

French, b. 1968, Paris, France, based in Long Island City, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Stephen Dean, Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York
2014
Stephen Dean: Jugglers, Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York
2014
Stephen Dean: A chaos theory of color, McClain Gallery, Houston

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
RADIANT SPACE, McClain Gallery, Houston